Why do I have shoulder pain?

There are different ways in which we can suffer from shoulder pain.

Shoulder pain can be a result of trauma from sports injuries or other accidents, a sedentary lifestyle, postural issues or repetitive movement over a period of time (such as writing, texting or operating a computer mouse).

Shoulder joint pain is common because the joint is a complex one: there are lots of connections. The clavicle, ribs, shoulder blades and neck all meet here. There are also muscular attachments. A chiropractor has a detailed knowledge of how this area all fits together and can make an assessment of whether things are moving properly.

If you visit your doctor or physiotherapist you may have been told you have rotator cuff issues. The muscles that make up your rotator cuff are know as your SITS muscles. This acronym refers to supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, and subscapularis. They are often a contributing factor in shoulder joint pain but typically only part of the problem.

  • Trapped nerve in neck
  • Referral pain from the neck
  • Neck or shoulder trauma
  • Rotator cuff Issues
  • Labrum issues
  • Overuse or repetitive strain injuries(RSI)
  • Dislocated shoulder
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Shoulder mobility issues
  • Trigger point referral
  • Sleeping on shoulder(“slept funny”)
  • Bursitis

What are some common shoulder pain symptoms?

Symptoms can present in a variety of ways. They can be felt as:

  • sharp pain
  • dull ache
  • stabbing pain
  • shooting pain
  • pins and needles
  • restriction
  • stiffness
  • and even a burning sensation.

Chiropractors are trained to seek out the root of the issue. Often the “symptoms” are just the body’s way of informing us that there is something wrong.

What does a chiropractor do for shoulder pain?

A chiropractor will look more closely at what is causing your shoulder pain. They will investigate further than just your mechanical (musculoskeletal) system and check your neurological system to find the root cause of your shoulder pain. It is vital to have your neurological system evaluated in conjunction with the musculoskeletal system. Your neurological system controls every function of your body and by skipping this step your pain relief will often be short lived.

Shoulder pain treatment will vary depending on the cause of your pain.

However, chiropractors have many methods available to them, including:

  • Manipulation or adjustments
  • Dry needling/ Medical acupuncture
  • Massage
  • Muscle release techniques
  • Trigger point therapy (which is a technique for getting a frozen muscle to release itself)

A chiropractor will also include advice and guidance on lifestyle changes and will incorporate strengthening exercises and stretching into your treatment sessions.

Can you tell me how to relieve shoulder pain?

When you first visit London Wellness Centres, our chiropractors will do several things: they will assess your health and physical condition, make notes on your lifestyle and understand you as a complete person.

Next, they will decide on a course of treatment (in this case it might be a trapped nerve in the shoulder treatment) which, initially, will focus on alleviating existing pain. Following on from that, you will be given a personalised treatment plan which will minimise the chance of your pain recurring in the future.

A few facts about shoulder pain

shoulder pain is common

Shoulder pain is very common and affect anyone, not just athletes

shoulder pain is common

They are the most commonly injured joints in the body

rotator cuff injury

Often the rotator cuff muscles are affected

range of movement

Joint with the greatest range of motion but the least stability, therefore is more susceptible to strain, repetition injuries and ageing

get treatment early

Injuries are highly treatable (without surgery) if addressed early

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Goals in treatment are: reduce inflammation, alleviate pain, strengthen muscle memory and improve range of motion

80% of adults have back pain

People with shoulder pain often avoid seeking prompt attention, making it worse and less amenable to non-surgical treatments

If you would like more information about our treatments or want to find out how we may be able to help you with a specific problem please call us on 020 7531 4444